15 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

There’s nothing more exciting than booking exotic, faraway holidays, with nothing but crystal clear seas, golden sands and swaying palm trees to focus your gaze on. Don't let jet lag spoil your precious time away!

So, you're off on a long haul holiday! It's a dream come true, for sure. But with all of the excitement and planning, it’s easy to forget one frustrating little inconvenience that can wreak havoc on your fun in the sun – jet lag.

The symptoms of jet lag affect us all in different ways, and the older you get, the more susceptible you become. And did you know that it’s caused by what direction you are flying in, NOT the duration of the flight?

There are plenty of great destinations where you can avoid the dreaded effects of jet lag, though. For example, Gran Canaria and Tenerife share the same time zone as us, so there’s no need for any early or late nights before your trip. Cape Verde is also just an hour behind, while Egypt is just two hours ahead, which means minimal disruption to your holiday.

But don’t worry, with a little bit of forward thinking, you knock jet lag on the head before it knocks you for six. Check out our useful infographic below for some great tips on how to beat jet lag…

15 Ways to Beat Jet Lag infographic

First published July 2014. Reviewed and republished Februrary 2022.

Sadie Geoghegan

About the author

Sadie Geoghegan is a freelance travel writer who, when she’s not exploring the world, can be found writing at home with her dog in Cambridge.”